So whenever I play a game trick and glitch finding is always a major part. This will be no exception. Trying to create a list of tricks and bugs. Been watching TM2 videos and looking at gamefaqs forum posts and faqs all day. I knew this game was kind of glitchy but not to this extent!
Have not double checked these. Some of these may be freak incidents, or hardware problems like them hitting the system itself while playing. I also suspect some Russians are playing with a hacked beta version of the game as well, but not sure. Some videos are just from hacks like flying through the air or moving around at 400 mph or whatever. That is not legit so no point to including those.
- Specials regenerate after end of level.
- Death regenerates Special(s). Also gives 2 fire missiles and a napalm.
-Possible to get pickups above and below you. Some cars have wider pickups then others like Axel and Mr.Grimm.
-You can fire other weapons while using Mr.Slam's special
-Thumper's special also may do burn. Just how strong is his special?
"Thumper's precise damage is hard to point out since it also gives vehicle burn damage." -Marius Maximus
-LuisParson states in comments how in Amazonia remotes and Shadow's special always do max damage. Check this.
-In above video Youtube commentator T900BadBot states how with Thumper you can use use other attacks along with Thumper's special
"Thumper was my go to car. You could freeze, machine gun, special weapon AND blast power missiles at once. If you could get your fingers right on the controls... you know that pesky cable..."
-LuisParson says Shadow's special deals max damage on slopes and on airborne enemies. Check this.
-Some Characters have specials that go through walls. These I noticed:
Shadow (by design)
Spectre (by design)
-Mr. Slam's special does not always do 3 slams.
-Mr. Slam's move gives him kickback when he misses. Maybe make him miss and kill himself on New York? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSEBduL9Nq4
-Mr. Slam can use special on a dead car.
-Dark Tooth collision bug
- While moving fast using a ricochet will hit yourself. Any uses?
-Outlaw's special sometimes does not pop up enemies
-Spectre when hit goes off in wrong direction at this point.
-Axel is most likely a "H" shaped polygon. I had Mr.Grimm clip through the middle of Axel, and another player TheConsole Killer I saw had Twister do the exact same thing. https://youtu.be/h7hfTRAu4Us?t=856
- When units clip through Axel it is possible to hit them when they are inside of Axel's polygon. TheConsole Killer hit Twister with a napalm when she was clipping in there.
-Hammerhead has some bizarre behavior. Maybe his sprite is enormous? The game seems to treat him and things that impact him specially. TheConsole Killer's impacted into Hammerhead near a wall and Hammerhead then spawned behind Axel.
- Cheats only possibly. There is some odd bug with Mr. Slam where by an unknown method using the special results in an enemy car flipping but does no damage. If missing Mr. Slam's special does not cost anything this might be useful...if playing with Mr. Slam.
- Certain cars are able to have their special continue even after death.
-Playing as Sweet Tooth in Hong Kong can sometimes give you Dark Tooth's spiral special.
-Invisibility glitches. Seem useless vs CPU.
-"For an interesting bug, try getting Mr. Slam to use his special on your car as you teleport. This happened accidentally in New York and created some wacky moving cameras, with me ending up nowhere near the drop point for the teleporter and Mr. Slam also very far away."
--"Sometimes in a 2P battle, my friends turbo meter showed 1 unit of turbo but the car acted like it didn't have any turbo.
Especially annoying when you're on fire."
-This glitch sounds horrific for Axel. "Sometimes in LA you can freeze Axel under the tunnel, and he will stay frozen!"
-Roadkill glitch. "Sometimes in Paris, firing your special when facing the Eiffel Tower on the upper floor of the Louvre makes it not come back to you. Freezing him sometimes makes him skid all the way down the road too!"
-Minion can clip through areas in LA.
-"When you grab a car with Mr. Slam's special, it's suppose to turn them sideways but Thumper turned itself and face me and hit me with the special. Some of these AI magic powers can be unnecessarily cheap."
-Grasshopper has a visual glitch that can occur when bumped where the car looks frozen even though it was not. Shortly after it also shows her glitching out and appears behind Axel after being smashed into the wall in Paris.
-Twister - using invisibility then the special will result in a visual glitch where Twister is not in her spinning state when she gets out of invisibility.
-In Moscow upper area's weapon pickup sometimes has pickup disappear.
-a) New York has issues both good and bad. Apparently cars can suicide near start of level.
-b) New York cars sometimes come back from being knocked off impossible to recover from areas...somehow. I suspect they get "out of range" then take no damage, but they are in an impossible to get to position so the game spawns them somewhere so you can kill them.
- New York has some very strangely located pickup(s?) underneath the platforms of the large 2 level gray "structure" in the middle of the level. What look like a napalm and a ricochet.
-Teleporting in Hong Kong after killing Dark Tooth, perhaps even while the transition screen is occurring causes the Dark Tooth head vehicle(?) to spawn where the teleporter was. There may be other teleporter glitches elsewhere in the game.
-Health pickup in Holland had no audio cue. Maybe invisible?
-Fire Pickup in Antartica seems not be active.
-On levels its possible to clip slightly into the ground, then bump into it and lose all momentum.
-Turning sharply and having side overlap a wall can result in car, in this case Axel, getting stuck in wall. He ends up getting out of wall after getting attacked or maybe turning in the wall at the right angle.
-"In Moscow after destroying all the bridges, and the remains are on fire, try
going into the fire. Anybody firing Napalm at you will be unsuccessful! It's
pretty useless for Missiles and freezes though. It also stops you from
firing back too. Napalm over the invisible barriers."
-"Sometimes in Moscow when firing a Napalm or Freeze at someone whilst escending to the bottom of the bowl, the napalm and freeze miss their intended target and go into the ground and disappear."
-This is only /really/ apparent on Amazonia. If a little dot on your radar goes off it (and a direction arrow appears accordingly), you can't see that car in the game, and vice-versa.
-Something strange with Paris' textures not loading right. I remember reading somewhere else that this might be related to Dark Tooth/Sweet Tooth use. 2 posts of people getting this. I am thinking a hit Playstation system causes this reported Paris texture load glitch.
"It was in paris, all of the cars that were in the match were lined up, but not moving.
All of the backgrounds was light blue, except for the buildings they kept their shape and could still be seen even though they were light blue as well." -crashaert
-Possible to get hit with Lightning while in harbor area in Hong Kong. "
"...getting by the lightening in Hong Kong, while you're in the water area" --goroh16
-Thumper's special can sometimes not fire in Antartica among other issues. "Glitches like opponents not screaming after death, explosion effects not appearing, and Thumper's flamethrower not showing up" -WhirlyBird319
-In Holland cars are ignoring player and all in a single area. No explanation. Odd Russian text. Might be due to incorrect hack of game. Suspect a beta of the game was hacked due to another glitch that occurred where you spawn dead in New York that they show in the same video.
-"Put Grasshopper where the full health is at the corner and have another car stand at the left where the tunnel is. (Using PSP) Use her special and she will go outside of the stage. When she`s outside, put and remote there. Now go back where the full health is and do her special. Blow up the remote when she`s outside so her special could stop. You will be able to go anywhere." --goroh16
-Spawning dead in New York. Suspect a beta of the game was hacked due to another glitch that occurred where you spawn dead in New York that they show in the same video.
Beta explanation of glitch here.
-"...in Hong Kong and while I was inside the place with train, Sweet Tooth was there. When I freezed him with ice, the train hit him and he was spinning around quick while frozen." --goroh16
-Health regenerates randomly? Do all pickups have random time for regeneration?
"The game does requires luck to beat without deaths because the healths regenerates at random times." --Luis Parson.
-LuisParson states in comments how in Amazonia remotes and Shadow's special always do max damage. Check.
-Cars can suicide on New York. Sometimes right in front of you. Saw Twister just veer off the ledge and die.
-4 known remote detonators in Antarctica. Problem is one of them is on a platform that falls into the ice very quickly.
-You can ride the train. Never knew.
-Sounds useful if this could be replicated. "On Holland - Field Of Screams, I had blown up the tower with the full health pick-up on the top. And I was inside when I did that. The weird thing is that when I tried getting out of the wreckage, the camera went through the floor, blocking my vision, and when I fixed it, I found I couldn't move either, and what I saw drove me to tears, EVERY car was inside the wreckage, and no one could escape!!! LOL"
-"To recover health from killing the pedestrians, you have to actually run them over. If you shoot them with machine gun or any other weapon, it will not give you the health after 10."
OOB Glitches (Probably useless for a TAS)
These seem to be counter to being useful. You don't want to run from the enemies and before the round ends you want to get useful pickups for the next round.
Hong Kong (maybe for laughs after killing Dark Tooth if near the harbor area?)
a) Do the harbor jump.
b) A different one using Grasshopper in the tunnel